Working with Children & Adolescents

Play Therapy
Using 'play' to help children explore their feelings and make sense of their experiences.
Play therapy provides a way for children to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided healing process. Play provides a channel for the child to communicate their experience and knowledge, it also provides them the space to understand and accept themselves. Children are free to choose their play equipment; this could be anything from the sand tray, puppets, paints, cars and dolls. My approach to play therapy is generally non-directive, however there may be times when a directive approach is required, if for example the child needs guidance to help move through the change. Play therapy can help with social integration, growth, development, emotional regulation and trauma resolution.

Talking Therapies
A process of understanding, healing and change.
Talking therapies tend to be the approach taken when working with children and adolescents who are a little older. That is not to say that children participating in talking therapy do not take part in play therapy, more often than not play comes in to the process. Talking therapy provides space and time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It provides the opportunity to look at problems in a different way. You will not be judged but you will be supported to find your own answers to your problems. Talking therapies can help with depression, anxiety and anger management.

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